Social StudiesWCSD Curriculum & Instruction K-12 Social Studies Mission Statement
WCSD Social Studies instruction fosters the development of productive community members who have the knowledge and skills that prepare them to be informed, engaged, empathetic and active participants in civil society.
Students will have a broad understanding of historical events that reflect diverse perspectives and analyze how those events impact contemporary society.
Students will evaluate diverse historical and contemporary sources for credibility and reliability to make informed decisions about their communities.
Students will think critically about historical and contemporary issues to form evidence-based arguments that can be communicated to a variety of audiences.
Students will engage in informed, inclusive, and respectful discourse to foster student voice, advocacy, and agency.
Students will understand the importance of democratic processes and can apply these processes in efforts to improve their communities.
Philosophy of Social Studies Education
(in accordance with the vision of the National Council for the Social Studies)
- The major content areas of social studies - history, economics, geography, civics, sociology, anthropology, archaeology and psychology - are rich, interrelated disciplines, each critical to the background of thoughtful citizens.
- Social studies programs prepare students to identify, understand, and try to solve the challenges facing our diverse nation in an increasingly interdependent world. Education for citizenship should help students acquire and learn to use the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will prepare them to be competent and responsible citizens.
- Students do not become responsible, participating citizens automatically. Through discussions, debates, the use of authentic documents, simulations, research, and other occasions for critical thinking and decision making, students learn to address civic issues.
- Meaningful social studies curriculum is structured around enduring understandings, essential questions, and important ideas. It provides opportunities for students to conduct inquiry, develop and display data, synthesize findings, and make judgments.
- Social studies teaching and learning requires effective use of technology, communication, and literacy skills that add important dimensions to students’ learning.
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